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Just Murdered: A Dead-End Job Mystery [Mass Market Paperback]

Elaine Viets

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Book Description

May 3 2005 Dead-End Job Mystery (Book 4)

Helen Hawthorne's new job at a bridal salon becomes downright funereal when a bride-to-be's mother is murdered. Now, Helen must find the killer before this turns into another dead-end position for her-literally.


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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Signet; 1st Printing edition (May 3 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0451214927
  • ISBN-13: 978-0451214928
  • Product Dimensions: 2 x 10.5 x 17 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 181 g
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #382,670 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Elaine Viets has actually worked those dead-end jobs in her mystery novels, just like her character, Helen Hawthorne. Over the years, Elaine has been a dress store clerk, phone book proofreader, babysitter, telemarketer, bookseller, and weed puller at fifty cents a bucket.  She is also the author of the Josie Marcus, Mystery Shopper series and numerous short stories. Elaine has won an Anthony Award and an Agatha Award. She lives in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, with her husband, author and actor Don Crinklaw.  Please visit her blog: The Lipstick Chronicles.


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Amazon.com: 3.6 out of 5 stars  14 reviews
16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Reading About Weddings Can Be Murder June 19 2008
By J. E. Stephens - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback|Verified Purchase
This is the first book I have read in this series. I thought I'd really like it, but I was extremely disappointed. It was dull and predictable. The vocabulary seemed odd like a person from other than the gold coast was speaking. Either the vocabualry was overworked or the author is British. It just didn't fit with the setting.

After reading other reviews, I am not giving up on the series, (I have already bought 3 others)Maybe the rest will be better.
16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Silly June 7 2005
By A Reader - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I usually enjoy this series a lot, but this installment just didn't do it for me.

Helen just took up with Phil in the last book, and already they're declaring their undying love for each other. Not once, but twice, Helen jumps to the wrong conclusion about Phil and his ex-wife and comes off as near-suicidal. It was just way too much too soon after the start of the romance.

I also thought the plot was weak. Mother of the bride deaths are being done way too much lately. The characters come across as one-dimensional and unlikeable. Add that to a thin plot and this just wasn't as enjoyable as other installments of the series.
18 of 20 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Whose Wedding Is This? June 30 2005
By Beth D - Published on Amazon.com
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Helen Hawthorne's new job is at Millicent's Bridal Salon. Somehow Helen thought a Bridal Salon would be a nice place to work. Happy brides wanting to make their special day perfect.

That was before she met a running stream of Bridezilla's and their mothers. The worse is Desiree Shenrad, a true mouse and her tyrannical, rich and obnoxious mother Kiki, who not only makes all the decisions on the wedding, but seems to have even picked out the groom.

It doesn't seem that big of a loss when Kiki winds up dead, stuffed in a closet at the wedding. Except that Helen's fingerprints seem to be all over the place and the police are giving her a second look.

To prevent them from finding out who she is, Helen decides to investigate and discover who really wanted this mother-of-the-bride dead. Her ex-husband, her daughter, the prospective son-in-law, an actor that she wouldn't let take a part because it was degrading? What about Millicent, the bridal shop owner who had threatened her, or the chauffeur who thought she was leaving him a lot of money in her will, but was actually getting ready to dump him.

With this list of suspects, Helen hoped it wouldn't take too long to find the killer, or the police may just uncover her hidden identity first.

Highlights:

The mystery was pretty good, a lot of suspects and Helen does actually investigate and finds clues which lead her to the killer.

The romance of Margery - Helen's landlady and new resident Warren who teaches dancing.

We didn't have to read the long drawn out version of why Helen's hiding.

Lowlights.

This series has been improving since the first book which I disliked, but this one is a set-back.

The mystery was ok, but not only is Kiki such a horrible person that you don't care that she gets killed, you also don't care about anyone else. I hated them all.

Phil - formerly Phil the pothead whose true identity came out in the last book and is now Helen's new boyfriend. I think Phil was a better character when he was unseen and only talked about.

Why do so many people in these books always have to be ridiculously polite, Phil letting his ex-wife, who is trying to get him back move in with him while she's in town, even though he knows it upsets Helen and he can hear her crying about it. "She doesn't have anywhere to stay, so I have to let her stay here." In real life you'd tell her to get a hotel and maybe, just maybe pay for a few nights there if she's pleading poverty.

I'm hoping that the next book will be better.
9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars hilarious chick-lit mystery May 4 2005
By Harriet Klausner - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
When Helen Hawthorne saw her husband having sex with another woman, she became so mad she smashed his car to pieces. The judge ordered them to split to the income when they sell their house equally and ordered Helen to pay alimony because supposedly he supposedly supported her career by being a house husband. Rather than give him a dime, Helen runs down to Ft. Lauderdale, going from a six figure job to a series of dead end positions that she receives remittance for under the table.

Her latest job is as a salesperson at the posh Millicent's Bridal Salon but Helen discovers that weddings bring out the worst in people. Kiki is a rich mother of the bride who is determined to out shine her daughter on her wedding day. Kiki makes enemies wherever she goes as she believes her money insulates her from taking responsibility for her actions. On the day of the wedding Kiki is found murdered in a closet and Helen has to find out who the killer is because she is the police's number one suspect.

JUST MURDERED is a hilarious chick-lit mystery where the bride and groom get married despite the fact that Kiki fails to attend. When her body is discovered, there are a host of suspects who would have liked to kill Kiki from the chauffer who was used as a stud to the owner of the bridal store who hasn't been paid for the gowns, accessories and the daughter who despised her mother. Readers will find themselves laughing out loud when Helen subtly tries to question the suspects, all of whom look at her as the hired help.

Harriet Klausner
8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Best in the Series Sept. 9 2005
By L. Allen - Published on Amazon.com
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Many years ago I enjoyed Elaine Viets' columns in the local St. Louis newspaper and I was delighted to find her talents had expanded into fun mystery fiction. The "dead-end jobs" series is funny and engaging and always good for a quick read. This, the 4th in the series i think, has really developed. The characters are more real and believable and because of that I care more about them. I'm looking forward to the next!

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